Simply Neutrals #42 and happy birthday City Crafter!


butterfly card by AppleApricot


Hello dears, welcome to Simply Neutrals!

Today I have two posts in one here on AppleApricot due to another party that's going on today at City Crafter challenge blog (CCCB). It's City Crafter's birthday!


butterfly card by AppleApricot


Yay, happy birthday CCCB!!!


butterfly card by AppleApricot (detail)


In the past I was a design team member for CCCB. Because City Crafter has its 8th birthday this month of April, Kirsty asked the past team members to make a card that the present design team will then CASE (or kind of remake in their own styles).

This week is my turn. And this is my card.


butterfly card by AppleApricot


Thank you Kirsty, so good to join the CCCB-team again for this week!

I used wallpaper samples, pieces of an antique French postcard that I scanned, a wildflower book page, a piece of vellum that I had printed a flower print on, two paper flowers, one little rhinestone, a text stamp, three butterflies from the internet, some machine-stitching, and a bit of distress ink.


butterfly card by AppleApricot (detail)


Come join us at City Crafter Challenge Blog this week and CASE my card!

Back to Simply Neutrals linky party now...


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FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


This week I chose (again) for photos by dear Jutta which she shared on her blog My Digital Wonderland. Because I sooooo much love flocks of Starlings, their chatter when they gather for the night, and the beautiful patterns they make in the sky!


flock of Starlings by Jutta K.


And I also chose these photos by Jutta because I really wished to share with you an amazing video of a giant flock of Starlings making these patterns. It is one of my all time favourites to watch. All credits go to the girls of Islands and Rivers who created this video!





Dear Jutta, here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this week's party!




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xx Wen


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Simply Neutrals #41




Hello dears, a warm welcome to Simply Neutrals linky party!

Today I'm sharing a little bit more about my personal life. It's nice to get to know a little about each other, don't you think? (Although I will never share much of my private life online.)

Last week I mentioned that I'm decluttering. Again :) Actually I do not own a lot of stuff, especially not for an adult person living in Europe. All of my personal belongings fit in one bedroom (furniture included). But I have a deep desire to live a simplified life. I always had. It's a lifelong process of becoming more mindful, living a more sustainable and responsible life, and living with less stuff and less clutter both in my surroundings and in my head. Once in a while I have this urge to simplify drastically. When closets and mind have been cluttering up again, sneaky without me really noticing it.

While decluttering last week, I came across old photos I took when traveling by train and boat through Europe, about 20 years ago. The photos seen here are taken in Passau, Germany. I backpacked for a month through Germany and Austria. But I was hardly ever alone, because when backpacking you meet so many lovely and interesting people. This was my first time traveling alone. I was in my early twenties. Sweet memories :)

It was also one of those eye-opener times that I realized that I don't need much to live a happy life. I'm happy this way, living with very little. Although, "little" is relative here, because even though I own very little for an adult person in a so called rich country, I still "own" a lot more stuff than a whole lot of people in this world. And I am so fortunate that I can choose to live with little. So many people in this world never have this choice-opportunity.




How about you? Do you feel the need to declutter? If so, is it hard for you to do? Or may be you do not feel the need to declutter at all and find joy in gathering things around you, keeping them as treasures filled with happy memories? (I have that with things I find in nature and on beach combs!)

I'd love to hear your stories!


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FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


Dear Jutta shared with us last week on her blog Kreativ im Rentnerdasein photos of a beautiful mountain lake in the south of Germany. And since I very much love mountains (especially the European Alps where I travel a lot) and since I also shared photos of Germany, I really loved to share this beautiful photo by Jutta with you this week.


Schliersee Germany by Jutta K.


And now I long for the mountains again.

I love traveling in Germany, it's such a beautiful country! And it's our neighbor-country, we always travel through it when going to the mountains in Switzerland or Austria. So, thank you for sharing, Jutta, you brought back sweet memories of happy travels and dreams of many more to come!

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xx Wen


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Simply Neutrals #40


Cornwall rockpool shells by AppleApricot


Hello dears, welcome to Simply Neutrals! It's so wonderful to see new people joining SNT. A very warm welcome to you :) I hope you enjoy the gathering with us.

I'm busy decluttering at home (actually it's my third big round of decluttering, it's a process of years already), and while doing so I found some shells that I had brought home from a trip to Cornwall. Which brought me back to the Cornish beaches and rockpools. The long hours we spent there, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, watching the shells and rocks, the birds, the waves coming in and going out. Peaceful happiness.


Cornwall rockpool shells by AppleApricot


Thousands and thousands of shell-creatures, clinging on to the rocks, waiting for the waves to come in and the water to rise again after low tide. Waves smashing against the rocks.


Cornwall rockpools by AppleApricot


It's a miracle, how these tiny creatures can hold on to the rocks with such powerful waves crashing on them, again and again, hour after hour, day after day.


Cornwall rockpool shells by AppleApricot


I'd love to go back to Cornwall.
I think I really wouldn't mind to live there!

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FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


Like I said, it's wonderful to see new people joining us at Simply Neutrals, and one of them is Jo from Let's Art Journal. I am completely in love with the beautiful collage she made and shared with us last week.


bird collage by Jo of LetsArtJournal


So many beautiful details to see...
Thank you for sharing and linking your gorgeous work, Jo!

Dear Jo, this feature blog button is for you:




On to this week's party!




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To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

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Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.
Of course it would be nice if you link up to a new or recent blog post, but if there is something from the archives you'd really want to link up here, then please feel welcome to do so.

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Time for the link up!

xx Wen


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Simply Neutrals #39 - Signs of Early Spring


embroidered fabric and lace heart Early Spring by AppleApricot


Hello dears, welcome to Simply Neutrals!

For dear Suzy of suziqusthreadworks I created an embroidered fabric heart, inspired by the hints of colour of the Crocuses in the winter garden.

For the background (only the top) I used a stencil I hand-created earlier and which you can see in a post HERE. I then added some fabrics, laces and netting (don't know how else to call it), tea dyed fabric leaves, a piece of handwritten paper on which I put some bee wax, a piece of brown netting that Suzy had gifted to me earlier, and then I embroidered by hand.


detail of embroidered fabric and lace heart Early Spring by AppleApricot


I also created a tag for her, with the intention to write on the back, which I then forgot to do before closing and sealing the envelope... oh well.


mixed media tag Early Spring by AppleApricot


For the background of the tag I used a piece of a digital scrapbook paper I created earlier and which you can find HERE. I added some netting and laces, inked the edges, and added dried and pressed Hydrangea petals. I had shown these earlier on my blog. They still had such gorgeous colours, even after a year. But when I added acrylic medium to secure them to the tag... poof, gone were the colours...


pressed Hydrangea flowers by AppleApricot


The original petals above, and the glued ones below.


detail of mixed media tag Early Spring by AppleApricot


On top of the petals I added a piece of plastic wrapping, to protect the petals, plus I thought the shiny effect was nice too.


embroidery by AppleApricot


Next project to be finished is the embroidered little birdie journal that you see a part of in the photo below (and that I also shared earlier here on AppleApricot). But you never know how things go with WIPs... High on my to do list however are the promised giveaways and artist interview! I haven't forgotten them ;)


embroidered little bird and flowers by AppleApricot


Oh, and I'm also going through my own blog posts (here and the freebies one) to see if there might be copyright material in it that's not owned by me. I already saw there is, so I hided those posts or deleted the copyright image.

I really want to be careful in this and will do my best to avoid copyright material in the future. After reading some articles on this, I'm convinced we all do well to avoid using copyright material or images, photos and text that we are not sure if it has copyright or not.


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FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


I was completely in love with the beautiful studio photos dear Nancy of Sugar Lump Studios showed us, with the lovely boxes and suitcase, the birdhouse and cage, her gorgeous art work, and so many more beautiful things to look at and be inspired by.


studio decorations by Sugar Lump Studios



Dear Nancy, here is your feature blog button if you like:




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Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party


To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

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xx Wen


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Simply Neutrals #38


bird illustrations in gouache by AppleApricot Wen


Hello sweeties,

Welcome to Simply Neutrals!

First of all, my apologies for my absence on your blogs this last week. I have been under the weather, and this (pre-scheduled) blog post is done last minute. I had been thinking about skipping the party this week, but just could not :)

Above are two of the cards I painted for last Christmas.


FEATURES OF LAST WEEK

I made a quick blog visit round just yet and oh my goodness, how am I ever going to be able to choose one feature, with so many gorgeous projects to choose from? I'm sorry, I could not choose one. So here you are, my dears:




But I had to admit that one creature stole the show for me:


Cat by Jesse of LaceAgeGirl



So cute!!


Okay, let's move on to this week then.



SIMPLY NEUTRALS #38



To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.
Of course it would be nice if you link up to a new or recent blog post, but if there is something from the archives you'd really want to link up here, then please feel welcome to do so.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.
Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.
The most recently added link ups will show in the list first.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


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